What an opportunity – the offer to test-ride this poster child in the e-bike world that, powered with its Bosch motor, will definitely wow you whatever your age or fitness levels.
The Merida E-Spresso City 510 is a dream come true for commuting. On arriving at work, whatever distance cycled, there’s no need for a shower and refresh. Just park the Merida E-spresso near your work station then head to the coffee machine for your other espresso fix! A fortune can be saved on registration, fuel and parking and the added health benefits through exercise are a bonus.
The bike is a dream to ride around your local community for daily life. Plus, when on longer rides with bike clubs, the family and friends, it’s effortless, making the days more enjoyable.
An example of ease and enjoyment was on a 25km return ride along a local rail path. Now, you’d think the road beside a rail-line would just be flat but no, there are plenty of hills needing very low gears to conquer.
This time was different! Riding the Merida E-Spresso, a lower gear combination with a flick into Sports Mode meant I literally flew past several hard-core cyclists who could only just stare open-mouthed! The bike glides effortlessly on the OFF mode (using my own pedal power) but the Eco and Tour modes have become favourites – especially when cycling into a head wind from the beach.
When arriving at destinations we all like to hop on our cycles and explore the surroundings. With this e-bike you have the chance to extend your adventure because the effort of cycling is decreased substantially.
The added power of the Bosch motor means the bike is a dream on all surfaces. Whether you’re on bitumen, dirt or grass – the adventure in your soul is reignited when on one of the electric modes.
On the practical side, you do still need to pedal. The bike is pedal assist (pedalec) but with the flick of your left thumb the power boost kicks in from one of five electric modes. An easy twiddle of thumbs to combine electric modes with the normal gear range on the right gives the perfect speed whether on the flat or facing a hill.
The boost modes give up to 26.8 kph of power, after that you need your own pedal power to travel faster.
The 2kg battery needs a re-charge after 200kms. Unlike other electric bikes, the battery clicks under the pillion rack, which is great because there’s no bulky items between your knees making for a more comfortable ride.
The Bosch computer display on the handlebars clearly indicates when a charge is needed, along with information on kilmetres travelled, travel speed and mode being used. Charging is quick, and plugging into a regular 240v outlet at night is ideal and wil always ensure the battery doesn’t go flat the next day.
From a Boomer perspective, if transporting the bike, you need to check your bike rack suits the “step through” style. If not, the problem is easily overcome – the front wheel comes off easily, the battery unclicks and the bike can be loaded into the back of a SUV. There are several compatible bike racks around and with the bike weighing in at 22kg (light compared to many e-bikes) the younger generation can easily clamp to bike roof racks. Oldies will need to source a suitable rack for the back of their cars or caravans.